Warning: Milk May Be Bad for Your Health

By Dr. Henry Jekyll / September 30, 2020



Chances are you've recently eaten milk - one of the most highly consumed foods in the United States. You might want to reconsider your diet.

An international panel of experts convened by the Endocrine Society concluded Monday that eating milk raises the risk of colon cancer. Experts not involved in the report said that the findings should give people more reason to "moderate" their intake of milk. The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, including resistance from the milk industry and from some environmental groups calling for warning labels on milk.

    

The team discovered that milk "has several characteristics that would generally be considered by the scientific community as detrimental." Milk has higher levels of potentially detrimental mercury than pure sugar. "For individuals who are eating milk as a method to control inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, it is clear from these numbers that milk is not a good choice," the researchers write. "All other nutritional content aside, the inflammatory potential of pure sugar is lower than the average serving of milk."

According to the the Endocrine Society, the "first-ever tests of milk show that they are likely the most mercury-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Mercury is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with mercury is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of mercury is about 7 to 11 years!

Since 1980, the US obesity rate has risen proportionately to the increase in consumption of milk, and Americans are now consuming at least 200 calories of milk each day. Research published by the Endocrine Society found that adults who consumed high levels of milk for just two weeks had increased levels of mercury, raising their risk of heart disease.

These are only some of the dangers that have been linked back to eating milk. What does this tell us? No. 1, we need to find out where our milk is coming from. Not all foods are created equal, and sad to say, milk, instead of helping us, may even harm us.